Beowulf lecture

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Oral vs. Written Older than surviving manuscript Markers of oral delivery – “heard said” Performative Role of Scop in society – my  performance Aural effects – alliteration, variation Genre – heroic epic, elegiac, others
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Scandinavian Connection Text tells tale of Scandinavians Some known historical figures Why in England – theories 5 th  C. Germanic migrations 9 th  C. Viking raids Anglo-Saxon kingdoms Reflects ideals of culture
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Anglo-Saxon Society Tribal Marked by Feuding Ecgtheow (409), Hrothulf (895-96) Finn-Hengest (1001), Ingeld (1806-08) Lex Talionis  (eye for an eye) Revenge motif Wergild payments (136, 418-19, 926) Values: Loyalty and Bravery 
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The Text as Two Parts Beowulf’s youth and old age Society’s pinnacle and disintegration Begins and ends with funeral Illustrates circularity of life
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The Text as Sets of Threes Reigns : Hrothgar’s, Hygelac’s and  Beowulf’s Battles : Grendel, Grendel’s mom and  the Dragon Weapons : Hrunting, magic  sword,  Naegling Funerals:  Scyld’s, Hnaef’s, Beowulf’s
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The Text as Narrative Modes Main story  – Beowulf’s life Episodes/Exempla  – Aspects of Anglo- Saxon society Possible third – Christian elements Interlace as a structural element Literary device Material art device: sword hilts, buckles,  manuscript illustration
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This note was uploaded on 03/01/2011 for the course ENG 320 taught by Professor Bollermann during the Spring '10 term at ASU.

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